Reflections on the value of the Programming Project (NEA)
Created by John Woollard
last edited Oct 13 2018 by John Woollard
Through CAS members’ comments, it is clear that some students and their parents have an antithesis towards the NEA; there was a perceived futility. Some of the negative attitudes arise from the midcourse changes during early 2018 but a lot stem from the misconception that, because there are no marks or grades associated with the NEA, it has no value.
This document was created by members of the CAS Assessment working group who met during August and then more recently online. The document is based on an analysis of the Summer 2018 examination papers from the four Awarding Organisations (AQA, Eduqas, Edexcel and OCR).
It is important to know that the Awarding Organisations can and do apply the requirements in different ways. You should consult your provider regarding the detail of the NEA (now called Programming Project).
OCR have released similar information for students - the colourful sheet makes the points: the programming project will help in future employment, it prepares for ‘A’ level and it will help in up to 40% of the examination questions.
This document contains statements that can be used when communicating the value of the NEA to students and parents.
CAS Assessment Working Group September 2018